I have the opportunity to review the new HP EliteBook 1040. This fine laptop retails for 1439.00 on the HP Store however is on sale for $1299.00. This is not a typical review as I will take this opportunity to match this notebook to my persona. What would Ernesto Pellegrino be looking for if he would be in the market for a laptop and how does the HP EliteBook 1040 match up.
So lets start with the meat and patatoes. I have listed an abstract of the Tech Specs and have provided links for more information below
At an official weigh in of 3.3lbs and at 15.9mm thin, itâ€™s HP thinnest laptop offering.
- Processor – Â Â Â Â Â Â IntelÂ® Coreâ„¢ i5-4200U with Intel HD Graphics 4400 Â (1.6z, 3MB cache, 2 cores)
- Memory – Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (1 x 4 GB)
- Memory Slots – Â Â Â 1 SODIMM
- Drives -Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 128 GB mSATA SSD
- Display – Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 14â€ diagonal HD+ anti-glare SVA (1600 x 900)
Quick Specs Sheet
HP EliteBook 1040 Landing Page
I typically change my laptop every three years so when in the market for a new one I take the time to put together a requirements list.Â When spending +- $1500 on a laptop and it being my primary business tool it is important to iron out the “Nice to Have” features vs the “Must Have” features. Below. I have provided my key purchasing drivers and matched them up against the HP EliteBook 1040.
Â Must Have Features;
- Weight – As I travel a fair bit, having a laptop less than 4lbs is critical.
- HP EliteBook â€“ 3.3 lbs
- Screen Size â€“ Need to work on the plane so must be max 14â€
HP EliteBook â€“ 14â€
- Backlit keyboard â€“ Like to work in bed or while watching TV.
HP EliteBook â€“ Backlit spill- resistant keyboard
- Battery Life â€“ Important for those long cross country airplane trips like the HP Discover 2014 event in Las Vegas on June 14th
HP EliteBook – 6-cell (42 WHr) Polymer Long Life (up toÂ 12 Hrs)
- HorsePower â€“ I am not a gamer and do not do any 3D rendering so having the latest and greatest CPU is top priority however I could spin up a couple of vms on occation 🙂 Minimum – IntelÂ® Coreâ„¢ i5, 8GB Ram
HP EliteBook – IntelÂ® Coreâ„¢ i5-4200U with Intel H Graphics 4400 (1.6 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2 cores) and 4GB with 1 SODIMM.
*Can be Upgraded to 8GB, but only 1 SODIMM.
Â Nice to Have Features;
- Touch Screen â€“ Take advantage of Windows 8.
HP EliteBook â€“ Not included – but Multi-Touch Pad offering. Would of like to see a touch screen included even though it is geared to business users.
- SSD â€“ Fast Boot times, great when in meetings
HP EliteBookÂ â€“Â 128 GB mSATA SSD
HP EliteBook Summary
- Slim form factor.
- Anti-glare screen. MIL-SPEC 810G rating.
- Good solid-state drive (SSD) capacity.
- No touch screen.
- VGA and Ethernet on dongle.
- TouchPad is a thing of the past, at retail $1439 it should include a touchscreen.
The HP Elitebook Folio 1040 business ultrabook is slick, light and has several advanced tech features included as a standard. Great for the business traveler and for someone looking high end laptop look!
Feel free to check out other blog reviews on the HP EliteBook 1040
Absolutely Windows -Â Shiny New Thing: HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1Â Ultrabook
ChipChick – http://www.chipchick.com/2014/05/hp-elitebook-folio-1040-review.html
GearDiary -Â http://geardiary.com/2014/05/17/hp-elitebook-folio-1040-g1-notebook-pc-business-ready/
Techazine -Â http://www.techazine.com/2014/05/10/elitebook-folio-1040-challenge-attending-ms-teched-with-a-twist/